High Egg Diets Suitable For Type-2 Diabetics


A recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition* has demonstrated no deleterious effect following consumption of 12 eggs per week by participants in a nutritional trial. A total of 128 subjects with a diagnosis of either Type-2 diabetes or pre-diabetes consumed a weight-reducing diet for three months. This was followed by a three-month weight-maintenance study and six-month follow-up. There was no difference in weight loss over a three-month period and for the subsequent nine-month follow-up from subjects receiving 12 eggs per week compared to those with eggs restricted in a macronutrient-matched diets.

 During the three-month study, there were no differences in parameters relating to assessment of normal metabolic function attributable to consumption of 12 eggs per week. Parameters evaluated included plasma glucose, glycated hemoglobin, serum lipids, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, interleukin 6, oxidative stressors all assayed over the experimental and follow-up periods. 

The authors concluded that consumption of up to twelve eggs per week had no effect on the subjects suffering from either Type-2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. They noted “A healthy diet based on population guidelines and including more eggs than currently recommended by some countries may be safely consumed.”

*Fuller, N. R. et al., Effect of a High-Egg Diet on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in People with Type 2 Diabetes: The Diabetes and Egg (DIABEGG) Study – Randomized Weight Loss and Follow-Up Phase. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition DOI.ORG/10.1093/ajcn/nqy048 published May 7th 2018.